US 75 Project Through Sherman Construction Zone Warnings

I have to admit, I have not been to Sherman in two years, until Monday, April 10. UGH, I put it off as long as I could. The US 75 Project is in full swing. If you are coming north on I-75 to Lake Texoma and its eastern access points from south of Sherman, Texas, please put your patience hat on, because I-75 is a mess for 12.7 miles. The US 75 Project began in 2020 and is reported to end in fall 2023. 

For the locals who have to shop and run errands Sherman, it makes us cringe to go there. If you can run all of your errands west or all of them east of I-75, that would be great. It is when you have to cross I-75 in the center of town, where everything most people need is located, both north and south of downtown, that it gets crazy. For visitors to Lake Texoma, do not wait to buy your lake and camping supplies in Sherman. 

Fishing gear and tackle is available all around Lake Texoma, and there are Dollar General stores around the entire lake if you only need a few supplies, like drinks and sandwich food. However, during peak season and on holiday weekends, the local stores tend to run out of stock quickly. We will try to guide you through the maze as the usual exits are closed and to get to the east or the west side is confusing on the first try.

Just north of Park Avenue on northbound I-75 the main lanes transition to the northbound frontage road up to Cherry Street for 1.22 miles. On Northbound Lamar Street the main I-75 lanes transitions to the northbound frontage road to Travis Street then merges back onto I-75. 

If you want to head west on US 82 to Lake Texoma, go westbound on Travis Street from here. Travis Street turns northbound west of I-75 and crosses over US 82 west of the I-75 and US 82 junction leading you away from the traffic and construction there. 

Southbound I-75 traffic transitions to the northbound I-75 lanes from just north of Travis Street to Washington Street and transitions back to the southbound I-75 lanes. 

Washington Street is open to eastbound and westbound traffic under I-75. This is the best way to get to the downtown areas. 

To cross I-75 on Center Street, between Park Avenue and Lamar Street, westbound Center Street traffic detours north to Houston Street on the I-75 frontage road, then U-turns to the southbound frontage road back to Center Street. Eastbound Center Street traffic detours southbound to Park Avenue, then U-turns to the northbound I-75 frontage road back to Center Street. 

Lamar and Houston Street/SH 56 is closed to traffic under I-75. SH 56 leads you to downtown to the east and west to a commercial/industrial district. Eastbound Lamar Street traffic is routed southbound to Center Street on the I-75 frontage road, then U-turns on the northbound I-75 frontage road back to Lamar Street. Westbound Houston Street detours on the I-75 frontage road northbound to Washington Street, then U-turns to the the southbound I-75 frontage road back to Houston Street. 

Exit 642 on US 82 to US 75 is closed. You have to take Exit 641 to North Travis Street on the west of I-75 or Exit 643 on the east of I-75 to Texoma Parkway/SH 91. You can still cross under I-75 on 82 on the frontage road.

If you are heading to the eastern or northern areas of Lake Texoma south of Sherman, you will be subject to all the I-75 lane changes up to north of US 82 where it clears up. ODOT is planning some construction in 2023 or 2024 at Colbert, Oklahoma at I-75 and SH 91. They will narrow the I-75 lanes to work on the highway and the ramps, but this will not cause too much traffic problems. 

Getting to Walmart on northwest corner I-75 and US 82 from I-75 northbound, south of Sherman or from east of I-75, is a headache. Eastbound traffic on US 82 can use Travis street north to easily access Walmart. Or, visitors to Lake Texoma’s eastern and northern area can get to the Walmart in Denison. There’s no construction there. Continue northbound on I-75 to FM 120 and go west on FM 120. Walmart is on the southwest corner of I-75 and FM 120.

These traffic conditions on I-75 are subject to change throughout the construction process. The TXDOT website was last updated with all the detours in June 2022. Be careful driving through this area of Sherman on I-75 because it is hectic, many road signs are missing, and because of the construction, it is difficult to see where you are. 

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GOOD. Water stained; 75 degrees; 2.36 feet below pool. Striped bass are good with bigger fish biting on topwater along the banks in the morning. When the morning bite tapers off, look for pods of threadfin shad midlake. Casting into these pockets of shad with swimbaits will land catches of stripers. Report by John Blasingame, Adventure Texoma Outdoors. Striped bass fishing is great on live shad with fish suspended in 50-65 feet of water around the islands. The shad spawn is still on as well, topwater baits and swimbaits are working early along rocky banks where the egrets are lined up. Crappie are fair on plastic jigs and minnows fishing brush piles in 12-15 feet of water. Use electronics to locate active fish then use a slow lift up to catch. Catfish are fair on cut shad and prepared baits fishing a couple reels up in 50-65 feet of water. Seeing a lot of small blues from the last couple years spawn and the occasional good keeper. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing is good on live shad along the south end of the lake off the bank in 5-10 feet of water on the big boulders. Topwaters early on the rocks are working as well. Report by Jacob Orr Lake Texoma Guaranteed Guide Service.

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